Western Digital introduces Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive

Western Digital introduces Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive

Summary: Both Seagate and Western Digital have released 3-terabyte external hard drives earlier this year, but WD has finally dropped the first 3TB internal drive on the market. The Caviar Green 3TB, which includes 64MB of cache and hangs on to the SATA 3.

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Both Seagate and Western Digital have released 3-terabyte external hard drives earlier this year, but WD has finally dropped the first 3TB internal drive on the market. The Caviar Green 3TB, which includes 64MB of cache and hangs on to the SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, bows with a price of $239.

You don't buy the biggest drive on the market with the expectation of blazing speed, and this unit is no different. HotHardware put the Caviar Green through a series of benchmarks and found that while its read performance was competitive with other hard drives on the market, its write speeds lagged behind.

If you want to save $50, you can choose a little less capacity with the 2.5TB version of the Caviar Green. HotHardware points out that neither option is the absolute cheapest hard drive per gigabyte of storage, but if you're a believer in bigger-is-better, then this is the drive for your next system.

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  • RE: Western Digital introduces Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive

    3 TB drives just entered the market. Consumers should wait for next generation models that will be faster and cheaper.
    www.buy-a-new-computew.com
  • RE: Western Digital introduces Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive

    IMHO, I would not be a first adopter, but would wait to see what the failure rates are for this density. In the past, higher storage density meant less overall reliability. I would want to see how these drives flush out.
    ExCorpGuy
  • RE: Western Digital introduces Caviar Green 3TB internal hard drive

    What a great price , reliability has never been a issue with WD "for me anyway".My my book was made in 2003
    cybursoft
    • You pays your money and takes your chances...

      @cybursoft
      I'm normally a WD fan as well, but my last purchase of a WD drive had me scratching my head. It was a green 1 TB Caviar drive - and at first, it worked fine in an external enclosure. Then Windows 7 got released and I decided to install it on that one. So I did my usual routine - unplugging all other drives except the DVD burner and the new hard drive.

      After a successful install, a couple of reboots along the way, I shut the power off and plugged the other drives back in.

      I powered up and it wouldn't boot Windows 7. Strangely enough, it wanted to boot Vista. So I looked in BIOS.. My 1 TB drive was reporting to the BIOS that it was all of 32 MB... That's right 32 MEG, not GIG... After a call to WD, I wound up having to RMA the drive for a replacement. The replacement at least, knock on wood, is working fine.
      Wolfie2K3
  • Beware of driver incompatibilities

    Because the drive size has passed 3TB, there are driver issues. While Vista and Windows 7 can deal with this size, the Intel drivers cannot. What happens is that the disk addressing "rolls over" and parts of the drive get overwritten when you think you're accessing the higher capacity. Compatibility issues are complicated; see the review at http://pcper.com/article.php?aid=1021 .
    zackers